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DAY 45: DENVER, CO TO GREEN RIVER, UT

We have reached the forty-fifth day and the highest altitude of the tour so far, over 11,000 feet. The day began in Denver, CO and we bypassed the downtown area. There had been some wildfires in the area the smoke coming from the west coast, so the skyline was filled with haze. As we headed south toward Colorado Springs, we saw many houses resting in the hills. We can see them on the side of the highways as we pass through. We took a road through a nice wooded area to get to the grave of the famous Buffalo Bill. He is buried at Lookout Mountain, CO and is one of the most famous and well-known figures of the American West. In regards to buffalo, there were some buffalo roaming in a prairie as we drove past. Then we arrived in Idaho Springs, CO, home of a famous Argo Mine & Mill. The large red building is even visible from the highway. In alignment with the Colorado Gold Rush in 1859, The Argo began mining in 1893. The 4.2 mile long Argo Tunnel cuts an incredible route through the rockies. It has prolonged the productivity of the famous gold mines in Colorado for decades. We then saw a man riding a one-wheel through the town. The Victoria Hotel is an old hotel from the 1890’s. The old-style building is settled against a wall in the mountains. We went through the tunnels underneath the gargantuan mountains. The road became very windy as we trekked through the Colorado Rockies. There were steep walls of rock at every turn and waves of green trees. At an Electrify America station we charged the I.D. 4 in Frisco, CO. There was a man who we photographed carrying his hefty bulldog through the parking lot while charging. We then passed by the Dillon Reservoir. The view was miraculous with the layers of mountains and a blue sky accenting the blue waters magnificently. A sailboat trotted through the water. The “Big Baldy” statue of a large bald eagle spread its wings over the reservoir as many boats sailed around. The I.D. 4 looked amazing next to the blue waters surrounded by nature. We drove through a road near Frisco with very tall earthy green pine trees along the sides. There were some snowmobiles that are out of service for the summer. They looked funny without the tracks on the wheels. We took a nice windy road on the way up the Loveland Pass. Our Hankook EV tires are designed with specific stiff and wide center rib patterns to reduce potential slippage and even reduce rolling resistance which leads to less energy loss and increasing the battery efficiency. The tires gave the I.D. immaculate traction as we trekked the Colorado mountains. Then we reached the summit near the Grizzly Peak Trailhead. The 11,990-foot pass is along the continental divide, which is the principal divide of North America, dividing watersheds that flow into the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. We parked by the sign and we were able to get some awesome views of the mountains and I.D. 4. At this elevation, we were able to feel the lack of air but we persevered. In the evening, we continued westward through Colorado to Utah.

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